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Petty Officer Stoker

Ernest William Ratcliffe

Service Number K/2831
Military Unit HMS Louvain Royal Navy
Date of birth 09 Feb 1890
Date of Death 20 Jan 1918 (27 Years Old)
Place of Birth Heanor Derbyshire
Employment, Education or Hobbies Unknown
Family History

He was the son of Hannah Palfreyman of 4 Glenroy Terrace Hood Street Sherwood Nottingham.

Military History

The SS Dresden was an English passenger ship owned by the Great eastern Railway Company operating between Harwich and the Hook of Holland between 1897 and 1915.On 29 September 1913 Rudolf Diesel, German engineer who invented the Diesel engine boarded the Dresden at Antwerp Belgium on his way to a meeting in London. He retired to his cabin about 22:00 with a request to be called at 06:15 in the morning but he was not seen alive again. Later a Dutch ship found a body floating in the sea and from the items and clothes recovered the remains were identified as Diesel's. In 1915 Dresden was taken over by the admiralty as an Armed boarding steamer and renamed HMS Louvain. On 21 January 1918 she was torpedoed by U-boat SM UC-22 in the Aegean Sea with the loss of seven officers and 217 men. (Wikipedia)

Extra Information

Portsmouth Naval Memorial


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